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Nearly 3,000 packets of morning-after pills have been provided to Ukraine amid rising reports of women being raped by Russian soldiers

Nearly 3,000 packets of morning-after pills have been provided to Ukraine amid rising reports of women being raped by Russian soldiers

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has provided nearly 3,000 packets of emergency contraceptive pills to Ukraine, BBC reported.

Caroline Hickson, from the group, says timing is really important for when they are distributed. “You have a window of five days in which [the morning-after pill] is effective in preventing pregnancy,” she told the BBC.

“So, if you have been a victim of gender-based violence, it’s important you can take it as soon as possible because being pregnant as a result of rape is incredibly traumatic.” The organization has also been sending medical abortion pills, which can be used up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.

“Before the war, it was possible to obtain emergency contraception in Ukraine, but supply chains have been disrupted and for women generally it’s really important they can access this,” she said.

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